FCID grills Prasanna’s wife

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By Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana, Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond
Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga’s wife Maureen was quizzed by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division yesterday over allegations of a land issue involving Rs.64 million.

Mrs. Ranatunga who arrived at the FCID office in Kollupitiya at 10.00 am yesterday was being questioned for over eight hours and a statement was recorded before she was allowed to leave around 6.00 pm.
Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told the Daily Mirror that the Chief Minister’s wife was summoned to record a statement over a complaint lodged by a businessman regarding a land issue.

However, the Daily Mirror learns through FCID sources that the businessman had lodged a complaint with them saying that the Chief Minister was threatening him over the phone demanding the rest of the money involved in a promised deal.
It was learnt that the businessman who purchased a 2.5 acre land in Kolonnawa sometime back had allegedly requested the Chief Minister to evacuate the unlawful occupants of that land and fill it with soil.

According to FCID sources, the Minister’s wife along with two others had entered into an agreement with the businessman to run this deal and the latter had already paid Rs.8 million to the former for the services.
Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday said his wife had been questioned by the FCID on her private business.
Mr. Ranatunga told a media briefing that his wife was questioned for over seven hours following a complaint made to the FCID by the other business partner of her. The Chief Minister said this was nothing but political victimization.

“This is one of the series of harassments carried out on those who were defeated at the last presidential election. He warned that there would be arrests and questioning of more opposition politicians as the election draws near. Political victimization will not prevent us from achieving our goals,” he said.

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